Twitch streamers can now give free emotes to their followers

Starting today, most partners and affiliates will be able to distribute emotes to community members just for following them. They can set up to five emotes that followers can use for free by submitting new ones, moving them from subscriber-only tiers, or choosing from a selection of default emotes created by Twitch. The live streaming platform last June, and now they are more widely available.

There is one caveat: in order to offer follower emotes, a streamer will need to be eligible for . This feature allows streamers to add emotes that their communities can immediately access without manual review by the Twitch team. Creator accounts must be in good standing to be eligible (cannot be within the last 60 days, for example).

If they lose their instant upload eligibility, streamers can still rearrange and delete emotes from existing followers — they won’t be able to add new ones or reassign emotes from other tiers.

Until now, channel-specific emotes were only available to subscribers, although some streamers allow viewers to use them to unlock some emotes. Follower emotes should give streamers another way to make viewers feel part of a community, even if they can’t subscribe.

Twitch also said that publishers should have access to subscriber-only animated emotes this month. Partners can now use animated emotes.

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